Second Sunday of Christmas January 3rd 2021 





RIP: Tom Comer, St. Laurence’s Fields Loughrea & formerly Rockhill.


We are with you” The Diocese of Clonfert has launched “We are with you”: a prayer initiative for the deceased and their families in these difficult times. See


Online Banking,gives another option to donate to the parish directly by SEPA Transfer or direct debit to BIC BOFIIE2Dxxx IBAN IE23 BOFI 9039 4726 8843 26 You may wish to note your name or envelope number on the remittance note. Thank you to those who have also continued your generous financial support for the Parish in these difficult times by dropping off envelopes in the letter box at the Parochial House, Looscaun.They are very much appreciated in these difficult times

Priests Christmas Collection due this weekend. Thanks to all who have been so generous this year.


Sunday Mass: Mass is available every Saturday evening at 8pm and Sunday at 10am and 12 noon from Loughrea Cathedral via webcam at Mass available on RTE News Now at 11am every second Sunday and on RTE News Channel at 2pm on the the alternate Sundays.


Mass from Woodford also available locally on your radio on 105.0FM as well as on the Parish Facebook page on


Tommy Larkins GAA Lotto Results 10-12-17-23J ackpot 12,300 euro Match 3 Cathal O’Byrne Quarterly Draw: Paul & Aisling Kearns, 200e, Liam & Edel Hanley 100e Next draw on Sun. Jan 3rd in Clubhouse. Tickets online on Klubfunder, locally at Woodford & Gurteeny Post Offices, Keary’s & Tuohy’s Video of draw/results will be posted on Facebook. Club/lotto


Woodford/Looscaun Christmas Lights Competition time: 'Best Festive houses' -this year we are giving a prize for the best festive house in the village and the best festive house in the parish with a €50 All4one voucher for the winners! Judges will be making their decision in the coming days. Follow us on facebook and instagram for updates. There will be an award for 'Best Business Window' again this year also.As we can't have our annual fundraiser we have set up a fundraising page to help cover running costs of the lights There are also donation boxes in QnR stores and Kearys. All donations would be greatly appreciated. Wishing everybody a healthy and a happy Christmas.


ALONE manages a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am - 8pm by calling 0818 222 024, and will remain open over the Christmas period.


The Tree of Hope has been installed at the railing of the Marian Shrine. Please tie a Ribbon For a Loved One and leave a special intention in the box. This tree has been kindly donated by Woodford Nurseries


Prayers and Memories for 2020: In this year like no other, you are invited to place your memories and moments near the Altar of Saint John the Baptist church, Woodford.


Earth's Perihelion and Aphelion The Earth is closest to the Sun, or at the perihelion,this year on Sat. Jan 2nd about two weeks after the December solstice, when it is winter in the Northern Hemisphere. in 2021 this was at 1.50pm on Sat. Jan 2nd Conversely, the Earth is farthest away from the Sun, at the aphelion point, two weeks after the June solstice, in early July when the Northern Hemisphere is enjoying warm summer months.Is the Timing a Coincidence?

Due to variations in the eccentricity of the Earth's orbit, the dates when the Earth reaches its perihelion or aphelion are not fixed. In 1246, the December Solstice was on the same day as the Earth reached its perihelion. Since then, the perihelion and aphelion dates have drifted by a day every 58 years. In the short-term, the dates can vary up to two days from one year to another.Mathematicians and astronomers estimate that in 6430, over 4000 years from now, the perihelion will coincide with the March equinox. More details on,


** Please note that from next weekend, Saturday Vigil Mass at 7pm will be in St. John the Baptist Church, Woodford and Sunday Morning Mass at 11am in St. Brendan’s Church Looscaun


***Also Please note that from Sunday Jan. 10th to Sun. Feb. 7th inclusive Sunday Morning Mass will be at the later time of 11.20am to facilitate the provision of Sunday Mass in the Deanery.


Please note that under Level 5 restrictions, Mass is behind closed doors and available on the Church Radio on 105.0FM locally and online worldwide! on


St John the Baptist Church, Woodford.

Mass Times: Mon. 9.30am Tue. 9.30am Wed. 8pm Thur 9.30am Fri.9.30am Sat. 10am & 7pm

Mass will be available on 105.0FM locally & available on Facebook Live on the Woodford/Looscaun Facebook Page.

**Saturday January 2nd 7pm Mass for People of the Parish.

Wednesday January 6th 8pm Adrian O’Rourke, Corrabane, New Inn (10th Anniv)

Saturday January 9th 7pm Mass for People of the Parish.

Altar Society: Team 3 Wiltrude Duell Mary Gorman Angela Sheil


St. Brendan’s Church, Looscaun

Mass Times: Tue. 7pm Sun. 11.20am*** available on Woodford/Looscaun Facebook Live, amd on 105.0FM

***Sunday January 3rd 11am Michael & Annie Gorman, Lowertown. Martin Comar, Rea.

Tuesday January 5th 7pm Vigil Mass for Feast of the Epiphany.

***Sunday January 10th 11.20am Mass For People of the Parish.


Altar Society Team 3 Betty Whelan Maura Tully.


Sun Jan 3rd SR 8.46am Set 4.29pm

Last Quarter on Wed. Jan 6th at 9.37am


Fr. Kieran would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year.




 Fr. Kieran O’Rourke, Telephone: 090 9749100, Mobile: 087 2997956, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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